By Alvin Schwartz
"The Thing" is the seventh story included in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Ted Martin and Sam Miller are best friends. One night they are talking about random things when they see something crawl out of the field across the road and stand up...
Ted Martin and Sam Miller were good friends. They spent a lot of time together. On this particular night they were sitting on a fence near the post office talking about one thing and another.
There was a field of turnips across the road. Suddenly they saw something crawl out of the field and stand up. It looked like a man, but in the dark it was hard to tell for sure. Then it was gone.
But soon it appeared again. It walked halfway across the road, then it turned around and went back into the field.
Then it came out a third time and started toward them. By now Ted and Sam were scared, and they started running. But when they finally stopped, they decided they were being foolish. They weren't sure what had scared them. So they decided to go back and get a better look.
Pretty soon they saw it, for it was coming to meet them. It was wearing black pants, a white shirt, and black suspenders.
Sam said, "I'm going to try to touch it. Then we'll know if it's real."
He walked up to it and peered into its face. It had bright penetrating eyes sunk deep in its head. It looked like a skeleton.
Ted took one look and screamed, and again he and Sam ran, but this time the skeleton followed them. When they got to Ted's house, they stood in the doorway and watched it. It stayed out in the road for a while. Then it disappeared.
A year later Ted got sick and died. Toward the end, Sam sat up with him every night. The night Ted died, Sam said he looked just like the skeleton.
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